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Building a standing desk

Written by Justin on February 20, 2011

Stand while you work. After months of experimenting at home, I recently built myself a “standing desk” for the office.

How to build a standing desk from Ikea

Building a desk that stands 40″ tall required a trip to IKEA for the following components:

I have a bar stool that I’ll sit on every hour or so to give my legs a rest.

Why are you doing this? – quote from my co-workers

While I plan on going into this in more detail in a future post, I have two reasons:

  1. I find I have way more energy and focus when I stand and use a computer.
  2. Sitting at a desk all day is proven to cause deep vein thrombosis, obesity, heart disease, high cholesterol, herniated disks, poor posture, knee pain, muscle weakness, depression, slow metabolism, neck problems, back ache, and death.

The point isn’t necessarily to stand in one place all day: the whole point is to NOT sit. At a standing desk you can choose your position: standing, leaning, sitting, standing with one foot up, etc…  When you sit, you’re limited to one posture; when you stand, you have more flexibility.

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